Below is the Media Statement and a video link released on Friday by Mr Nick Staikos MP Member for Bentleigh – March 2017
We are so very thrilled and excited with the prospect of another site becoming available for our community. We look forward with great hope and optimism.
“Virginia Park in East Bentleigh, as well as the old brakes manufacturer next door, is around 24 hectares of land, which its owners are seeking to redevelop.
It will be up to locals to judge the merits of the owners’ plans, but I believe this presents our community with a unique opportunity to plan for a new school – an opportunity we will probably never see again.
People move into our area because we have fantastic local schools.
This is a great thing, but it means that demand for our local schools is growing rapidly.
I’m determined to maintain the stellar quality of our local schools, so I believe that school needs should be factored into this new development.
Given the significant enrolment pressures faced by McKinnon Secondary College, it is worth seriously considering the need for a second campus.
Next week in Parliament, I will ask the Minister for Education to ensure the Victorian School Building Authority works closely with the owners of the precinct to secure land for a future school.
The first step is to fund the planning and design work to work closely with the local community and local schools on what a new campus should look like, and I will be seeking this funding through the current Budget process.
I am proud that the Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State.
It has been my greatest pleasure as your local MP to secure funding for our local schools.
This year, we will commence construction of new buildings at a number of our local schools, including Bentleigh Secondary College, McKinnon Secondary College, Tucker Road Primary School and more.
But with McKinnon Secondary College currently accommodating nearly 2200 students on one site, it is important that we also look to the future.
This is an exciting opportunity and I wanted you to hear it from me first”.